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Trenching Box Will Let Nashville Utilities Employees Work Safer

Trenching Box Will Let Nashville Utilities Employees Work Safer

By Alex Haglund

The Nashville City Council approved a purchase at their second monthly meeting for June, held on the evening of Thursday, June 16, which will make work for utilities crews doing trenching and shoring safer.

The item that the council approved the purchase of was trenching boxes, which reinforce the walls of a trench or hole that the city workers are working in, keeping them from collapsing on the workers.

The boxes help keep workers safe in holes more than five feet deep, while 12 pieces of sheet tiling, approved as part of the same purchase, extends the depth at which the box can support a hole or trench.

“It’s going to be more modular to work for us,” said Nashville Utilities Superintendent Blaine Middleton. “I think it will work real well for us, and it will strengthen our trenching and shoring policies and keep us in compliance.”

The approved purchase included the boxes at a cost of $8,454.72, along with 12 sheet tiles at a cost of $112 each, for a total cost of $9,798.72.

After the council voted on the purchase, Middleton thanked them for helping to make the crews and workers safer on the job, and said that he had recently read about a worker in another state killed when a six-foot trench collapsed– an accident that will be prevented with the use of a box like the one Nashville is purchasing.


The council followed up on annexation that was approved (pending a draft ordinance) at the last meeting held on Thursday, June 2. Jay Colbrook of the Nashville Planning Commission was once again present at the meeting to speak with the council.

The Steinkamp-Moeller Development was the five acres annexation approved at the June 2 meeting.

“What we need now is not a subdivision change,” Colbrook said, “but instead, due to the size of it, a comprehensive plan.”

Colbrook said that the planning commission had looked the development over and that everything was in place, and recommended that the city approve, which the council did vote to do.

The council then voted to approve Ordinance 2016-03, regarding the annexation which was approved at the June 2 meeting.

Ordinance And Resolution

The council also approved Ordinance 2016-02, which incorporates the terms of the prevailing wage act for the year.

The council approved Resolution 01-2016, for the Nashville Community High School Homecoming Parade, set for Friday, September 30, at 12:45 p.m. The parade will follow the same route as last year.

Water And Sewer Personnel

The council approved the hire of Michael Hempen, pending passage of a physical and drug test. Hempen will be filling the vacancy left by James Aitken.

Wastewater plant operator Luke Setzekorn filled the requirement for a certificate of competency as a Class 4 wastewater plant operator.

Bruce Guinzy also received a certificate of competency as a Class 3 wastewater plant operator.

362 E. Lebanon

The council opened a single bid that they had received for the property at 362 E. Lebanon, which they advertised and sought bids for earlier in the month.

The only bid came from Mike and Richard Nikrant and was in the amount of $8,525 for the lot.

The council debated whether to accept the bid or not. Total expenses to the city for that lot, including the demolition, have been “Give or take, $11,000,” said Mayor Raymond Kolweier.

“$11,454.91,” said city attorney Bill DeMoss.

While the bid did not cover that amount, the council was not sure how many more bids they might receive, if any, or if they would be for more money. Further, the city would need to spend more money to advertise for another bid request, and they are spending money for upkeep and keeping the lot mowed.

The council voted to approve the Nikrant bid.

Air Conditioner

Earlier on during the day of the meeting, city hall employees came to work to discover that the air conditioner that cools the lobby portion of the building had died.

While it was too recent of a problem to be placed on the agenda for that evening, given the hot and humid climate lately, the council did not want to wait for the next meeting to do something about it.

The city had already received one bid from a local contractor for $3,800 to $4,400, depending on the unit purchased, but there was no bid process at all, it was just the first person they were able to get out.

The council approved quickly seeking the best local bid to replace the air conditioning unit, at a cost not to exceed $5,000.


The city approved offering a pesticide operator’s spray license stipend to the employees that have it in the amount of $200, and an applicator’s license stipend of $400 for the employees that carry that certification. The stipends are limited to the number of employees that currently have those certifications.

There will be no zoning committee meeting for June, bu there will be a planning commission meeting held on Thursday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Public Works Building.